Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Toronto, Canada (01/21/81)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, ON
January 21, 1981

Download: FLAC/MP3

mackeck master via JEMS

Recording Gear: handheld portable cassette recorder with built-in mic

2013 Transfer: Maxell UD-90 master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth-adjusted) > Sound Devices USBPre2 (24/96 Audacity 2.0 capture) > iZotope RX 3 click removal and gap fixes > iZotope MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 .wav > Peak Pro XT (patch / edit / index) > xACT > FLAC

Seamless transfer, suggested CD breaks below…

101 Night
102 Out In The Street
103 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
104 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
105 Independence Day (10 second patch)
106 Who’ll Stop The Rain
107 Prove It All Night
108 Two Hearts
109 The Promised Land
110 The Price You Pay
111 The River
112 Badlands
113 Thunder Road
201 Cadillac Ranch
202 Sherry Darling
203 Hungry Heart
204 Fire
205 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
206 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
207 Growin’ Up
208 Fade Away
209 Stolen Car
210 Wreck On The Highway
211 Candy’s Room
212 Ramrod
213 Backstreets
301 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (7 second patch)
302 I’m A Rocker
303 Jungleland
304 Born To Run
305 Detroit Medley
306 Raise Your Hand

Known faults:
-Independence Day: 7 seconds patched with Recorder 2 (pitch corrected)
-Rosalita: 10 seconds patched with Recorder 1 (pitch corrected)
-Several recorder bumps were removed, 1 or 2 remain that could not be seamlessly removed

JEMS is pleased to present a previously uncirculated and complete master recording of the second night of Toronto ’81. It’s also the second show from the work of the taper(s) mackeck.

d.j.mackeck reached out earlier this year to report that his dad had recorded several Bruce shows between 1978 and 1984 in their hometown of Toronto, as well as cities within spitting distance like Detroit and Buffalo. He was kind enough to ship an initial batch of three masters, from which we made fresh transfers here at JEMS South.

The shows were recorded on a small portable recorder with built-in mic (likely a Toshiba or Sony, but memories have faded) in mono. As with the Buffalo ’80 recording, mackeck manages to avoid most audience chatter or noise, yielding a recording that is clear, relatively close, consistent and highly listenable. It only needed two small patches as noted above.

The only material flaw in this new Toronto recording was again micro gaps, like those found on the Buffalo master, only this time there were even more of them. In 50-60 random spots across the three hours, the recorder cuts out momentarily leaving an audible gap.

On the Toronto recording, the micro gaps are all well under a second in length, though absolutely noticeable. But happily for us, it isn’t 1981 but 2013 and audio technology has come a long way. Using iZotope RX and its magical “Spectral Repair” plug in, JEMS was able to repair the gaps in a manner that should make most of them inaudible to all but the most committed and headphone-wearing trainspotter. It was a more challenging tape to repair than Buffalo, but the end result is still quite remarkable. Samples provided.

As for the show itself, the second night of Toronto is obviously not nearly as well known as the first, for which there is an extant 90 minute soundboard recording (we will be doing mackeck’s 1/20/81 recording next). But like a lot of second nights, it is probably the more spirited performance. These would prove to be the fading days for some River classics, as this would be one of the last ten outings for “The Price You Pay” and “Fade Away,” both of which are sublime here, as are other tour stalwarts, “Stolen Car” and “Wreck on the Highway.” This early in ’81 it is still a classic River tour show, just one you haven’t heard very often.

To take this one the last mile and provide the patching is our comrade and the unchallenged king of multiple source recordings, MJK5510. Thanks to him for final finishing and prepping.

Big big thanks to d.j. mackeck and his dad for loaning JEMS their masters and recording the show in the first place.

BK for JEMS
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Recorder Information
Recorder 1: River Floor Version / ‘From Asbury Park In Love’
Recorder 2: Incomplete 14 song tape transfer (mjk5510)
Recorder 3: ‘Mackeck’ Master Tape Transfer

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Toronto, Canada (02/13/77)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
featuring the Miami Horns
Maple Leaf Gardens Concert Bowl
Toronto, ON
February 13, 1977
JEMS Master
Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Six
24/96 Edition

Download: FLAC/MP3

Recording Gear: Teac M-100 microphone > Sony TC-153SD cassette recorder

JEMS 2015 Transfer: master cassettes > Nakamichi 670 azimuth-adjusted playback > Wavelab 24/96 > iZotope RX4 > iZotope Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 Night
02 Rendezvous
03 Spirit in the Night
04 It’s My Life
05 Thunder Road
06 Mona > She’s the One
07 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (w/ Miami Horns)
08 Something In The Night
09 Growin’ Up
10 Action in the Streets (w/ Miami Horns)
11 Backstreets
12 Jungleland
13 Rosalita (w/ Miami Horns)
14 Raise Your Hand (w/ Miami Horns)
15 Born to Run

Known Faults:
None

Welcome to the sixth edition of JEMS’ Nothing to Lose series revisiting Bruce’s remarkable 1977 tour. For the full history of our obsession with this era and the back story on these “Official Audience Tapes,” please refer to the notes in Vol. One found here:

http://jungleland.dnsalias.com/torrents-details.php?id=38539

Installment No. 6 rewinds to the first week of the tour and a 15-song set at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens, the legendary hockey arena, set up in its Concert Bowl configuration which cut the arena to half its normal size. It is the first of three JEMS master recordings done on the ’77 tour, and, dare I say, we think you’re going to like this one quite a bit.

Toronto ’77 has circulated among collectors since not long after J taped it that frosty February. A master-to-DAT transfer was done in the early days of the format, copies of which almost certainly provided the source for releases like Soul Crusaders (E Street) and No Trouble In Receiver (EV2). It’s long been one of the better audience recordings of the tour, but it has never sounded as good as it could. This marks the first direct digital transfer of the master, and every step along the chain, from the azimuth-adjusted playback to high-resolution capture to final mastering, is superior to what was done to DAT 25 (how can it be?) years ago. Additionally, it lacks some of the minor edits found in the extant versions.

It’s also one of those shows that I personally played dozens and dozens of times throughout the years; the recording which definitively made be believe the following: “Night” is one of Bruce’s greatest show openers; “It’s My Life” had reached its zenith; “Something in the Night” is an under-appreciated classic; “Growin’ Up” can support more than one tall tale; “Action in the Streets” should have been resurrected when the horns came back in 1988 and 2012; the “You lied!!!” moment in “Backstreets” may never be rivaled; “Raise Your Hand” should have been played every night of the tour; and, finally, that J was (and remains) a highly skilled taper.

Hereís what J himself had to say about the show: ìBack in 1977, a taper had to rely on a network of friends and collectors across the country to get early warning of shows and ticket sales. In the case of Toronto, we had a great friend up north in fellow taper The Lewk. He took care of us on our many road trips into Ontario, and he exceeded expectations with this Bruce show, getting me and my friends great seats at Maple Leaf Gardens, curtained off lengthwise to form the ‘Concert Bowl.í The curtain improved the notoriously bad sound there, and The Lewk got me a seat just off the center aisle, ten rows back from the stage. This was the first of three Bruce shows I saw and recorded on this tour, using my Sony TC-153SD and Teac M-100 mic, which I mounted high in a headband. We expected new material on this tour as we presumed that Bruce was probably a month or so away from putting out a new album. After all, it had been a year and half since Born To Run was released. The Toronto show was unique, in that the fire marshall insisted there be an intermission, making it the first time Bruce had split the set, a feature that would later become a staple of the show structure. We got great versions of ‘Rendezvous’, ‘Something In The Night’ and ‘Action In The Streets,’ but the real highlight this night (and at all 1977 shows) was the incredible version of ëBackstreets.í It was never better than it was in 1977!î

Like this entire series, the Toronto performance is a pleasure to listen to and the sound quality (to my ears) approaches the best tapes of the tour, including those of our pal Steve Hopkins and whoever did the official audience tapes. It offers an airy high end, punchy low end and vivid clarity to pick out each member of the band making magic. Samples provided.

I know a lot of you have this recording already and, make no mistake, Toronto has always sounded good, but I think this version is definitive. Then again, I’m biased. We’re making it available in both standard and high-resolution 24/96 editions.

Massive credit goes to J for his outstanding original recording and for pulling out the masters one last time to capture them at 24/96 and giving me so much to work with. Thanks yet again to M, for providing his ’77 source tapes; to the folks on the Stone Pony message board whose thread sparked this series; and to mjk5510 who continues to provide invaluable assistance as JEMS’ packaging and distribution supervisor.

Our next stop in the ’77 series is two nights hence in Detroit and one of the greatest show openers of all time.

BK for JEMS

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Toronto, Canada (10/29/81)

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Bob Dylan,
10/29/81,
Maple Leaf Gardens,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Download: FLAC/MP3

2CDR,
(67min+51min),

very good sound occasionally a little harsh or scratchy,

from shn download phil’s ftp server 10/01

CD1
1 Gotta Serve Somebody
2 I Believe In You
3 Like A Rolling Stone
4 I Want You
5 Man Gave Names To All The Animals
6 Maggie’s Farm
7 Girl From The North Country
8 Ballad Of A Thin Man
9 Simple Twist Of Fate
10 All Along The
Watchtower
11 I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
12 Forever Young
13 Gamblin’ Man
14 The Times They Are A-Changin’
15 A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

CD2
1 Watered-Down Love
2 Masters Of War
3 Mr. Tambourine Man
4 Solid Rock
5 Let It Be Me
6 Dead Man, Dead Man
7 When You Gonna Wake Up
8 In The Garden
9 Blowin’ In The Wind
10 It Ain’t Me, Babe (acoustic)
11 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

File names & tags edited by Chopen, February 2010

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Toronto, Canada (10/01/78) "Diamonds in the Dew"

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Neil Young
1978-10-01
Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, Ontario
w/ Crazy Horse

Download: FLAC, MP3

AUD > “Diamonds In The Dew” bootleg > CDR > EAC > wav > flac

Disc 1:
01. Intro
02. Sugar Mountain
03. I Am A Child
04. Comes A Time
05. Already One
06. After The Gold Rush
07. Thrasher
08. My, My, Hey, Hey (Out Of The Blue)
09. Intermission
10. When You Dance I Can Really Love
11. The Loner
12. Welfare Mothers

Disc 2:
01. Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown
02. The Needle And The Damage Done
03. Lotta Love
04. Sedan Delivery
05. Powderfinger
06. Cortez The Killer
07. Cinnamon Girl
08. Like A Hurricane
09. Hey, Hey, My, My (Into The Black)
10. Tonight’s The Night

1978 Rust Never Sleeps Tour with Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse, Line Up 3
Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, harmonica
Frank Sampedro – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Billy Talbot – bass, vocals
Ralph Molina – drums, vocals

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – Toronto, Canada (10/21/74)

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VAN MORRISON
Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1974-10-21

Download: FLAC/MP3

Naked In The Jungle
Street Choir
Warm Love
Bulbs
Into The Mystic
Help Me
Joyous Sound
Listen To The Lion*
I Believe To My Soul
I’ve Been Working
Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket
Twilight Zone
Moondance / Fever
Brown Eyed Girl
Gloria

*Missing on Source 1

LINEUP:
Van Morrison ñ vocals & other instruments (??)
Jerome Rimson ñ bass
Peter Van Hooke ñ drums
Pete Wingfield ñ keyboards

Source 1:
SOURCE: Audience
LINEAGE: unknown lineage > CD-R (trade) > EAC wav > Trader’s Little Helper flac level 8 & torrent > HungerCity

NOTES:
A fair audience recording that Iíd grade a B in sound quality. There is tape hiss heard throughout, as well as the animated people surrounding the taper. This set is missing ìListen To The Lionî, which is available on other copies in circulation. If you have it, why not share it. Thanks! Also, Iím pretty sure that a video of this concert is in circulation as well.

Source 2:
Audience
I have no other source info for this. I suspect it is the same source as source 1, but with the sound tweaked a little bit. But I am no expert on this sort of thing.